First opened in 1996, the Barleylands restaurant celebrates 20 successful years

The Magic Mushroom in Billericay was first opened in 1996 by owner and executive chef, Darren Bennett and since then has continued to impress customers with contemporary, first-class food.

The Magic Mushroom has offered fine dining in Billericay for 20 years

This year, the Barleylands-based restaurant celebrates 20 years of traditionally-influenced, fine-dining. Offering outstanding food, an ambient and relaxed atmosphere, with an extensive wine list that caters for all tastes and pockets.

The Magic of Harry Potter!

What: Ever wanted to delve into JK Rowling’s ingenious mind and feel magically enlightened? Now you can. As her wizarding book series Harry Potter, celebrates its 20th anniversary, the British Library has opened Harry Potter: A History of Magic, a new exhibition to mark the occasion. It was 1997 when Joanne Rowling published her first book that told the story of Harry Potter, an ordinary, young boy on his enchanted journey to fight evil forces. The Harry Potter book series has created a multi-billion-pound global franchise encompassing eight blockbuster films, a West-End theatre production and even its own theme park. And after 5 successful years of ‘The Making of Harry Potter’ at Warner Bros. studios, the British Library has opted to return to the heart of the matter: the books. Last week, the exhibition was featured on BBC’s documentary Harry Potter: A History of Magic, in which we saw Rowling herself exploring new historical manuscripts that had never been on display before. She also revealed how she has always been obsessed with possibilities of magic and its historical origins. She said: ‘There’s something buried deep within all of us I think, that would like to get the owl and be told you are not only unique and special, [but] I’m going to take you to where your people are. I mean, that’s such a seductive idea, that’s not something that just children crave but all of us crave’. When: Open now until 28 Feb 2018 Where: The British Library, 96 Euston Rd, Kings Cross, London NW1 2DB Why We Love It: In charge of the exhibition are the design consultancy Easy Tiger Creative, who has brilliantly translated the written word into an immersive, spellbinding environment for fans. The exhibition unveils rare books, documents and magical objects from the British Library’s collection, capturing the traditions of folklore and magic which are at the heart of the Harry Potter stories. Marvel at original drafts and drawings by J.K. Rowling and illustrator Jim Kay, both on display for the first time.  The new exhibition which aims to reveal the link between the real history of magic and JK Rowling’s writing will display a variety of artefacts that inspired here and created her magical curiosities. Be amazed by the colossal 16th-century Ripley Scroll that explains how to create a Philosopher’s Stone. Gaze at Sirius in the night sky as imagined by medieval astronomers. Encounter hand-coloured pictures of dragons, unicorns and a phoenix rising from the flames. For fans of the wizarding world of Harry Potter, this is a must see exhibition! Prices and Times: Adult: £16 Students: £8 Child (5-15): £8 Child under 4: Free Times vary, to book click here.  

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